Luxembourg at first glance

Now it’s been two weeks since I arrived at Luxembourg. In general the experience has been positive, except that it’s been raining for a consecutive of ten days and snowing for the rest days. It’s a bit humid,but not to the extend that I should complain. At least the air is free of smoke and particles.

It’s quite where I live, although it’s just fifteen minutes walk to the old town as well as the railway station. Almost everything is in walking distance, supermarkets, banks, hospitals, schools, government offices,Asian markets. There’s also a police school just 200 meters away. I suppose it’s a safe neighborhood.

Work is also nice, though one has to be selfmotivated. Coworkers are extremely nice, but many of them prefer speaking French, which I believe is good for me since I’d like to pick up the language. I already applied for a university language course. There’s also opportunities to meet great minds. This morning there was a distinguished lecture, where one professor talked about privacy in internet using big data.

The startup business is going slowly but according to the plan. Office isn’t too far away and fits our purpose. Orders for office computers are placed this evening and we can start the real work shortly. It’s good to have someone supporting the business, with both funding and experience.

One thing brothers me is that the washing machine is broken and it’s talking forever to fix it. The agent promises anything but I’ve now learned to be wiser and not to believe her words.

Life is much easier when you have someone helping you out. For that I’m extremely grateful for the help I received from my friend.

And I miss my girlfriend. It’s a journey we’ve chosen together, and there has to be temporary sacrifices for a better tomorrow. So for now just follow what we’ve planned. I believe we’re heading for the better.

《活着》的信念

之前看过电影,但对电影情节一点印象都没有了,所以现在再来看书的时候就像是新拿到一本小说一样,一口气看完之后才慢慢回忆起之前电影里面的一些场景。一个人活着,信念是最重要的,对福贵也好,对少年Pi也一样,这个信念的产生并不需要有前提诱因,也不需要有情操来支持它,它是每个人与生俱来的。活着的信念本身是卑微的,关键时刻产生的继续生存下去的动力却是其它信念无法比拟的。

记一次与门卫严正的交涉

南通已入深秋,天气日益寒冷,加之办公室暖气时有时无,不得已在天猫上买了套保暖内衣,三天之后网上终于显示已签收。于是我吃完晚饭兴冲冲的准备去小区门卫取包裹,在三块白板上找了半天也没有找到我的名字,于是进传达室准备一探究竟:

“师傅,请问你们有没有收到了包裹但是没在白板上写名字的情况啊?”

“没有没有,白板上没有名字就明天来!”保安一脸不耐烦。

“但是我的东西很急,能不能帮忙找一下?”想到我身上的秋裤以及穿了八天了,我理直气壮的问道。

“没有就是没有,很急的话明天早上来。”对方不依不饶。

“那我能不能自己来找?”

“这么多包裹你怎么找,给我们弄乱了怎么办?”

“那您能不能帮个忙找一下?反正您现在也不是很忙。”

“那也不行,明天来看!”

“明天找跟今天找有什么区别?明天找不也得找?”我挺他们说就来了气,心想好好商量也不行,那就得不依不挠的争取了。

“可能包裹还没到呢。”

“怎么可能,我在网上以及查过了,不然我过来干嘛。”

“你查到的是已签收吗?”

“是啊。”

“是我们签收的吗?”

“就是啊,写的就是你们签收。”

“那我们也不一定收到了,他们有些快递都不需要我们签字的。”话虽如此,我以及感觉文卫心虚了。

“怎么可能?那你确定你们没有签收我的包裹?”

“没有就没有,说什么也没用。”好,对方已经乱了阵脚了。

“那我能不能跟你们经理谈一谈。”

“经理有事不在。”

“经理电话多少?”

“没电话。”

“我现在跟您好好商量,如果您收了我的包裹又不给我找,那我投诉你们;如果你们确定没有签收这个包裹,我去投诉快递公司。你们确定没有签收我的包裹是吧?”

“那我们怎么能确定,我们一天签收成百上千个包裹。”

“有没有签收你们找一下不就知道了?”

“那你去投诉快递公司吧。”

“你们确定没有签收?如果我投诉了快递公司最后发现是你们签收的那就不好说了。”

“那你先投诉一下看看呗。”底气不足了……

“我要确定了再投诉,如果你们签收了包裹又不给我,那我就要投诉你们。”

“我们又不拿工资,你随便投诉。”

“我不管你拿不拿工资,我交了物业费就得对我有个交代。”

这时有个年轻点的文卫已经坐不住了,去另一个房间找包裹去了,过了一会儿叫我过去,问我是哪个快递公司的包裹和我的名字,翻了不到一分钟就找到了。

“今天得罪你了,那个老头啥也不懂,你别计较。”哟,态度转变还挺快的,我一下子都没适应过来。

“得罪谈不上,刚才那会儿找的话早就找到了。得罪你倒是真的。”

“没有没有,看你挺有水平的,我以前不是干保安的,有些不懂……”

总结:这年头在中国不义正言辞的跟人交涉别人就以为你是软蛋,好声好气的说不一定管用还可能有反作用,你就得跟人比嚣张,不依不饶穷追不舍,这样才能办成事……

像孩子一样委屈

常说随着孩子越长越大,父母会越来越像孩子,这话一点都不假。回国之前母亲常在电话里缠着我给她讲我每天周遭的事情,有时候她还会小孩子般的耍耍无赖。现在回来了,跟母亲在一起,发现老人真的是越长越像孩子。

昨天母亲做了一桌丰盛的饭菜,其中有一盘鱼,结果她吃了一口就不小心被鱼刺卡住了喉咙。喝醋无效之下我陪她去了医院,医生让她张嘴放松以便检查鱼刺位置,但是她却一直很紧张。我看着她紧张而无助,医生一次次提高嗓门让她放松,却不知道怎么安慰她。

今天晚上批评她做事的方式,我说话的方式不对,说得她闷闷不乐的,让我也不知如何是好。

大人跟孩子的关系果真是马上就要颠倒了,一些东西,它怎么来就怎么走。小时候收到了关爱呵护,现在需要同样返还;彼时付出了心血,也适时回收了。

Life sucks

There’s always something wrong

Something you desire but beyond your reach

Something you hate while happening to you all the time

You try to run away

Only to find it getting worse

Sadly you don’t have the courage to face them

They get on your nerves

You fight

You lose

You get
desperate

You doubt

You weep

You freak out

You just feel lonely

No one understands you

No one is even close

What’s the meaning of life

Maybe there isn’t any

Life sucks

Heaven may be nice

But who knows

Hell can be scary

So what

Go for it

Or suck it up

Beautiful world

Now we are starting to have positive temperatures here. The weather is just gorgeous everyday. The breeze is fresh; the sky is clear; the sun is shining. You feel warm inside out. You can clearly see how people are smiling: their brows flying upward and eyes narrowed — that’s how you smile under the sunshine, isn’t it? You could even see reflection of bright teeth once in a while. It’s just as cozy
as one could possibly imagine.

The snow starts to melt but the roads are still slippery and reflexive. Even so it doesn’t stop people coming out doing exercises and enjoying life. All kinds of people, old or young, chubby or skinny, are jogging or doing Nordic walking in tights. Though at times you can notice white steam coming out of people’s mouths, it doesn’t make you feel chilly. Instead you get a burning feeling as if you have joint them doing exercises; it’s like
there’s a flow of energy inside you trying very hard to burst out.

The French guy across the corridor has already started wearing shorts. The first thing he said when he saw me was: “Its hot!” As a matter of fact, it is, since inside the office it was around 30 degrees. And as the sunshine flows inside, you feel it’s already summer time.

I opened the window, fresh air pours in. Closing my eyes, I could feel the cool air moving from my cheek to the neck. It’s just
amazing.

All of a sudden you hear birds singing; they are not owls; it’s like canaries’ chirps up from paradise. I looked out trying to figure out where the little spirits were, but with no success. Maybe they are in paradise; you never know. I’ll just leave them alone, enjoying their divine melodies with a grateful heart.

What a wonderful world. 

P.S. I have to admit it’s damn hard to write a descriptive essay; this is the best I could come up
with right now.

P.S.2. I love Louis Armstrong’s “What a wonderful world”.

有锅一族

今天出门的时候感觉比较冷,到了公司发现温度计上赫然显示着零下二十九度…头一次发现赫尔辛基的温度计也可以这么吓人,孟加拉同学还专门跑到我办公室,一脸兴奋的告诉我外面有多少度…

不知道是不是天气太冷的缘故,今天头一直一阵一阵的疼,每过几分钟就有一种有人那针刺大脑的感觉。一天就看了一篇报告。不过学校的论文模板很给力,我就记了三段话的笔记,生成pdf后就有一页了,比用ieee会议的双栏排版有成就感多了…

导师度假去了,又没有硬性规定任务,加之头痛难忍,加之没吃早饭午饭…理由真多啊…我就早退了…

进入正题。我去买了厨具,成为了一名有电饭锅的新时代男人。到芬兰半年多了,今天头一次做饭给自己吃,都是眼泪啊…哥也有今天啊…

正题完毕,谢谢围观。

傲雪凌霜

最近很忙,有一种所有东西都压过来的感觉。虽然只有两门考试,但是由于平时学的不认真,只有临时抱佛脚;毕设依然未定,不过这两天四个面试,这频率也太高了点。

明天回家,不知道一年半之后回到家会有什么样的感觉,不知父母头上有没有新添银丝……但是我又不敢想的太多,因为我怕自己回到家的时候亲人已经认不出我了,我还是一年前的那个我吗?我自己也没有答案。既期待,又恐慌,索性不想了。

收拾东西,打包搬家,发现自己东西竟然多了不少,看来有一点要安定下来的味道了。只是明年的住房问题还没解决,估计回来之后会居无定所好一阵子。

不管怎样,问题总会解决的,一切顺其自然。冬天会走,春天会来,我要像松柏一样,傲雪凌霜,矗立在那里,守候春天的第一缕暖阳。

其实我不知道这棵树是什么树……

明天的两个面试是今年最后的战役了,相信自己能行的!